The Enigma of Japanese Power: People and Politics in a Stateless Nation
In this brilliantly authoritative book, Karel van Wolferen unravels the confusions and misperceptions the West has about Japan and can no longer afford to maintain.
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Proof of this, if still needed, was provided by the recent experiences of Nakasone
Yasuhiro. As prime minister, Nakasone never allowed any doubt about his
ambition to rule. He also tried harder than any of his post-war predecessors to ...
The man who wanted to govern As early as the 1970s political commentators had
been speculating that Nakasone Yasuhiro would be a possible exception in a
line of relatively featureless prime ministers. He did not disappoint them. But he ...
... such as Nakasone Yasuhiro, Tanaka Kakuei, Ikeda Hayato, Kishi Nobusuke
and numerous 'bosses' of interest groups or gangs, this theory does not hold;
Nakasone, for example, was no less 'individualistic' than the foreign counterparts
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While the author seems biased by his own negative experiences as a foreigner trying to work in Japanese media, his severe critique of the weakness of Japanese leadership has been confirmed by events to a considerable degree. Read full review
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